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:news: Chip Cataldo is hereby nominated for the Hall of Shame :news:

 

From his time here, as well as on other forums, Chip has shown a long history of preying on the sympathies of good-hearted people to either obtain something he wants or to avoid being called out and criticized for not fulfilling his obligations. He repeatedly posts statements of despair and all hope being lost to garner support and encouragement from people, while his actions show that in actuality his motive is purely for personal gain.

 

The following list are several examples that each go to basic honesty or trust issues and that, although some may seem irrelevant on their own, each is a layer to the tapestry of shame that is Chip Cataldo.

 

  • Chip has had almost identical issues in the past on other forums.
    http://megomuseum.com/community/archive/index.php/t-2791.html
    http://forum.rebelscum.com/showthread.php?t=1040006
    http://archive.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60460
    In this specific discussion specific discussion on the Mego Forum, it is discussed that this similar behavior has occurred over the past decade in Google Groups
    Google Groups Discussion revealing that Chip has had issues in online transactions dating as far back as 1998.
  • Chip claimed an offering in the Giving Tree thread. He offered up a follow up offer which wasn't up to par. Several members objected and Chip defiantly changed up the offer and claimed "I'm not changing it up again. This is good enough." It was brought up that in another thread he was boasting about a 2,300 book collection he had just acquired. Chip explained that those books were for financial gain and what he was offering was for the Boards. Chip was clearly looking out for his own personal gain while declaring he didn't have much to offer. Secretly, he had a lot more to offer than he let on. This is one small example of Chip's pattern of dishonesty and deception.
  • Chip then started a GoFundMe page eliciting donations for $15,000 originally claiming that this amount was needed to keep from being evicted. Additionally, he was able to get a Board Charity Thread created based on the sympathy he created. In reality, it was revealed that only approximately $3,000 was being used to pay off debts and the other $12,000 was going to be used to support him for several months and pay off a PayPal loan which he accrued by purchasing comics.
  • Recently, Chip was nominated for the Probation List after running a sales thread, obtaining the funds from several Board members, and then either declaring items would be shipped soon or ignoring request from buyers altogether. There were at least six individuals who paid and hadn't received anything. Upon his nomination, only then did Chip respond to buyers and attempt to avoid being added to the Probation List while ignoring the public nomination.
  • In that response he offered to be placed on the PL and / or HOS list. claiming he understood why.
  • Finally, when Chip publicly responded, he declared that he lost his job, suggesting that he had neither the money nor the time to ship items. However, he was simultaneously responding to a fake Craigslist ad attempting to purchase a Star Wars toy collection.
     
    It occurred to me that no matter what transpires in the Chip Cataldo fiasco, there would always be those who would defend him. He has this issue or that issue and that's ok because we have to be kind and caring and exhibit all the political correctness one can handle.
     
    It also occurred to me that his behavior isn't going to stop: a pattern that has emerged over many years and many internet forums. A pattern of someone, through their own poor choices, consistently find themselves in dire straits only to seek out the assistance from others. But the interesting part of this is that the pattern continues: wash, rinse, repeat. No knowledge that would benefit said party is used when he finds himself in the same situation. It's like "Hey...you guys bailed me out the last 15 times, what's another time, right?"
     
    Knowing this and also realizing that the truth would never come out, I decided to conduct an experiment with the following hypothesis:
     
    Chip's situation isn't nearly as bad as he lets on. He knows exactly what he's doing; he's actively on the boards/Facebook, etc and he's going to continue to bilk money and sympathy from anyone who's willing to enable him.
     
    After consulting Buzzetta (for the record, we are good friends), I decided to dangle a carrot:
     
    http://myrtlebeach.craigslist.org/tag/5939743811.html
     
    Some may say its deceitful; others that it was wrong. But I know how much he loves Star Wars toys. BUT...and here's the kicker: if his situation is so bad (no job, getting evicted for the second time, no way to support his dependents), then there's no way he would possibly be buying collections. If you take him at his word, he shouldn't have ANY extra money, right?
     
    Well....as expected, I was wrong.
     
    At 8:31 pm, I received the following:
     
    iKIl9AM.png
     
    YES Chip has time AND money to buy Star Wars collections. Not only that, it's the money that people here sent him for items that HAVE NOT been delivered. Items that were purchased in November. I believe etanick said his check was cashed on 11/15 and his PM from 12/6 was just read. JUST READ! That's over 45 days.
     
    It's my opinion that Mr. Cataldo should be in the HoS. Like many, I was shocked that his gofundme attempt wasn't enough to push him into the Hall. I mean, he was literally asking the community to pay off his debts (which he accumulated) and pay his living expenses for a few months so he could "get his life together." Will someone do this for me?
     
    Between the gofundme, the more recent lack of shipping/responding/basically stealing others money, his history on various Star Wars forums, I believe a HoS vote is in order.
     
    If he has the means and ability to go out and buy toy collections, then he has the means and ability to settle all prior affairs.
     
    The difference is: he doesn't want to and has repeatedly shown his true self and true colors.
     
    We are the farmers. Chip is the snake. How many times must we be bitten to understand?!?!
     
     
     

 

Chip has proven the adage "actions speak louder than words". While he declares one thing publicly to garner sympathy from kind-hearted people, his actual ulterior motive is solely for personal gain. At this time, Chip is being nominated to the Hall of Shame.

 

 

Edited by Buzzetta

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I voted

 

"FORGIVE ME ZSAJI"

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POV not sure if you're around but how does it work when the user themself asks to be added? Can we skip the process and just add him with the language "Chip Cataldo, added to HoS at his own request when it came about that he had defaulted on multiple deals after asking for a bailout by the boards."

 

I'd be reluctant to go that route only because he might decide to take himself out of the HOS.

 

I just don't remember if the poll was supposed to go into CG or stay here. I remember we spoke about it going in CG for more views, but I'm not sure that ever actually happened before.

 

Polls were at one time for 3 days.

 

I'm packing to get back on a plane, so I'd prefer not posting it, since I won't be able to monitor it, but since Justin is writing something up, I'm sure he's got that covered.

 

The reason you need someone monitoring it, is I believe, that we agreed to keep it a blind poll as to not influence anyone.

 

If there are newer rules, feel free to correct me anyone.

 

Still ill so slow in keeping up but yes, I agree it should go the normal HOS route. And the poll should be done here. I see it has been made and that we cannot view the results until over so Kudos to Buzzetta on a good poll!!!

 

:foryou: Sky! :hi:

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Great job Buzz (thumbs u

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Where was the "crack" option?

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Voted

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Voted. Even though I'm a noob who doesn't have much skin in this game I've been here long enough to know its worth protecting from people like this.

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Voted

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I'm with Roy. Chip is North America's greatest hero.

 

#freechip

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I'm with Roy. Chip is North America's greatest hero.

 

#freechip

 

Dannnng.

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Nomination updated as new information has come to light.

 

Chip has run this same routine dating back to his mid twenties. In the Google Groups archives there are a few complaints of Chip Cataldo taking people's money and failing to send the promised items. This in 1998 when Chip was 26.

 

More information was sent. I have to sort through some of it.

 

The search yielded over 100 threads / pages of Chip Cataldo failing to pay for items that he ordered or failing to send out items he sold. There are issues involving mostly Star Wars toys and Warhammer toys as well as ... more.

 

His nonsense spans three decades from the 1990's to the 2010's.

 

Simply look at the titles of topics in these google groups. I feel this demonstrates a pattern of behavior across the internet and the CGC boards have simply been a resting stop for the past few years until another site becomes his new home.

 

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!search/chip$20cataldo

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